The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden
Who owns the house on Winslow Street?
It’s the only house Libby Sawyer has ever called home, but now Michael Dobrescu has arrived from Romania with his family in tow and seems to hold documents showing that the house was willed to him decades ago. What makes matters worse is that the Dobrescu’s moved into the house while Libby’s family was vacationing.
With neither family willing to give up their claim the legal battle quickly becomes heated. When important documents go missing Libby’s father is determined to have Michael charged with the crime. Libby isn’t sure who is right, but when she realizes she is quickly losing her heart to Michael she despairs at having to choose between him and her family. What can she do when both families seem to have valid claims?
This book is no piece of fluff. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read that is well researched and has a fully developed plot. Although it is a historical romance there is enough mystery and uncertainty to keep the reader turning pages. I was completely drawn into the story. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 stars
Chasing Mona Lisa
It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci’s masterpiece before it falls into German hands?
With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers’ adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on–and the runners are playing for keeps.
I enjoyed reading this book, although it took a little longer than usual to really get to know all the characters and plot. Don’t expect to breeze through the book–it is very meaty but worth the time you will invest. I give it a 4 star rating.
Win an iTouch SPY Pack in the Chasing Mona Lisa Giveaway from @triciagoyer @mikeyorkey!
Chasing Mona Lisa is the continuing tale of Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler (first introduced in The Swiss Courier). This time the due are on a relentless quest to save the most famous painting in the world – the Mona Lisa. You can help Gabi and Eric with your very own spy pack when you enter The Chasing Mona Lisa Giveaway!Preview
One passionate protector will receive:
- iTouch (The must-have device for any spy. Camera, Maps & Music.)
- Starbucks Gift Card (For all those late nights.)
- Moleskin Notebook (For those important notes.)
- Invisible Ink Pen (Don’t want anyone reading those important notes.)
- Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey (Great handbook and intriguing tale for any spy-in-training!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on January 31st. The winner will be announced at the Chasing Mona Lisa Facebook Party on 1/31. Tricia and Mike will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from Tricia’s website) and giving away their books and a Book Club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club AND a LIVE Author Chat for your group with Tricia and Mike.)
So grab your copy of Chasing Mona Lisa and join Tricia and Mike on the evening of the 31st for an author chat, spy training (do you know how to pick a lock?) and lots of giveaways.
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions rendered are my own.
Pompeii: City on Fire By T.L. Higley
From the fires of Jerusalem’s destruction Ariella flees only to find herself enslaved to a powerful and evil Roman politician. Nine years of horrific abuse and degregation later Ariella flees when opportunity arises, and attaches herself to a group of gladiators by tricking them into thinking she is a young man. Cato leaves politics and Rome behind to build a new life in Pompeii as a winemaker. Before he has a chance to see his dream fulfilled he finds himself an enemy of the elected tyrant, and pursued by others to be the one who takes down the tyrant. Through circumstance and providence, their lives are thrust together, but what can ever break the barrier between a Roman patrician and a Jewish slave? And what will happen when Mt.Vesuvius bursts forth? If I would describe this book in one word it would be ‘complete’. When finishing the book I did not find myself thinking “Well what about…”. The book is wonderfully written just like all of T.L. Higley’s recent work. The story flows easily on the pages and is an enjoyable read. The descriptions of Pompeii and life during this time period are well researched and allow the reader to sit back and immerse themself in the journey along with the characters. I especially enjoyed the portion of the book where the characters are in the midst of the erupting volcano and it’s aftermath. Altogether this is a very worthwhile read, and to give it another plug, it is also on my daughter’s Honors World History reading list. 5 Stars